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|Russia defeats Iran to win gold at Greco-Roman World Cup in Tehran, Iran
Meagan Templeton-Lynch USA Wrestling
TEHRAN, Iran – Russia beat defending champion Iran 5-2 on their home mat in Tehran, Iran as the 2013 Greco-Roman World Cup concluded today.
Among the winners for Team Russia in the dual were 2012 Olympic gold medalist and 2011 World champion Roman Vlasov, who beat Fashad Alizadeh at 74 kg and 2011 World bronze medalist Bekhan Mankiev beat Mohsen Haji at 55 kg. Although losing as a team, Iran’s Taleb Nematpour had a big win when he defeated Russian star, 2004 Olympic gold medalist and 2007 World champion Aleksej Mishin, at 84 kg.
Taking third place at the World Cup was Turkey, which defeated Armenia 6-1. Top athletes on the mat for Turkey were two-time World champion Selcuk Cebi, who defeated Armenia’s Hrach Hovannisyan at 84 kg, and 2012 Olympian and 2011 World bronze medalist Cenk Ildem, who beat Sargis Tonoyan at 96 kg.
The fifth place team was Kazakhstan, winning 7-0 over Korea. Leading Kazakhstan to its win were 2012 Olympians and World medalists Nurmakhan Tinaliyev, who defeated Yong-Min Kim at 120 kg, and Almat Kebispayev, who defeated Seung-Jae Woo at 60 kg.
Seventh place at this year’s Cup went to Azerbaijan, which defeated Belarus 6-1. On Team Azerbaijan was two-time Olympian Shalva Gadabadze at 96 kg, who defeated Belarus’s Siarhei Staradub. Two-time Junior World champion Eldaniz Azizli defeated Elbek Tazhyieu at 55 kg for Azerbaijan.
Ninth place went to Hungary, which defeated Bulgaria 4-3. 2012 Junior World champion Balint Lam defeated Ivan Ivanov at 120 kg, helping lead Hungary to the slim margin of victory.
Greco-Roman World Cup Results
Russia 5, Iran 2
120 kg/264.5 lbs. – Bashir Babajanzadeh (Iran) dec. Alikhan Ayubov (Russia)
55 kg/121 lbs. – Bekhan Mankiev (Russia) dec. Mohsen Haji (Iran)
60 kg/132 lbs. – Ivan Kuylakov (Russia) dec. Abdolmohammad Papi (Iran)
66 kg/145.5 lbs. – Adam Kurak (Russia) dec. Afshin Byabangard (Iran)
74 kg/163 lbs. – Roman Vlasov (Russia) dec. Farshad Alizadeh (Iran)
84 kg/185 lbs. – Taleb Nematpour (Iran) dec. Aleksey Mishin (Russia)
96 kg/211.5 lbs. – Nikita Melnikov (Russia) dec. Davoud Gilnirang (Iran)
Turkey 6, Armenia 1
120 kg/264.5 lbs. – Emin Ozturk (Turkey) dec. Vachik Yeghiazaryan (Armenia)
55 kg/121 lbs. – Fatih Ucuncu (Turkey) dec. Harutyun Hovhannisyan (Armenia)
60 kg/132 lbs. – Aleksan Mikayelyan (Armenia) dec. Aryk Mevlut (Turkey)
66 kg/145.5 lbs. – Atakan Yuksel (Turkey) dec. Tigran Torosyan (Armenia)
74 kg/163 lbs. – Seref Tufenk (Turkey) dec. Varsham Boranyan (Armenia)
84 kg/185 lbs. – Selcuk Cebi (Turkey) dec. Hrach Hovannisyan (Armenia)
96 kg/211.5 lbs. – Cenk Ildem (Turkey) dec. Sargis Tonoyan (Armenia)
Kazakhstan 7, Korea 0
120 kg/264.5 lbs. – Nurmakhan Tinaliyev (Kazakhstan) dec. Yong-Min Kim (Korea)
55 kg/121 lbs. – Zhanserik Shrsenbiyev (Kazakhstan) pin Jae-Min Choi (Korea)
60 kg/132 lbs. – Almat Kebispayev (Kazakhstan) dec. Seung-Jae Woo (Korea)
66 kg/145.5 lbs. – Yerbol Konyratov (Kazakhstan) dec. Ji-Hun Kim (Korea)
74 kg/163 lbs. – Doszhan Kartikov (Kazakhstan) dec. June-Hyoung Kim (Korea)
84 kg/185 lbs. – Alkhazur Ozdiyev (Kazakhstan) dec. Jin-Sung Park (Korea)
96 kg/211.5 lbs. – Yerulan Iskakov (Kazakhstan) dec. Chang-Gun An (Korea)
Azerbaijan 6, Belarus 1
120 kg/264.5 lbs. – Radomir Petkovich (Azerbaijan) dec. Kiryl Hryshchanka (Belarus)
55 kg/121 lbs. – Eldaniz Azizli (Azerbaijan) dec. Elbek Tazhyieu (Belarus)
60 kg/132 lbs. – Taleh Mammadov (Azerbaijan) dec. Maksim Kazharski (Belarus)
66 kg/145.5 lbs. – Rasul Chunayev (Azerbaijan) dec. Mikhail Siamionau (Belarus)
74 kg/163 lbs. – Aliaksandr Dzemyanovich (Belarus) dec. Niyamaddin Ibrahimov (Azerbaijan)
84 kg/185 lbs. – Rafig Huseynov (Azerbaijan) dec. Aliaksandr Kikiniou (Belarus)
96 kg/211.5 lbs. – Shalva Gadabadze (Azerbaijan) dec. Siarhei Staradub (Belarus)
Hungary 4, Bulgaria 3
120 kg/264.5 lbs. – Balint Lam (Hungary) dec. Ivan Ivanov (Bulgaria)
55 kg/121 lbs. – Stefan Grigorov (Bulgaria) by forfeit
60 kg/132 lbs. – Rumen Savchev (Bulgaria) dec. Mate Krasznai (Hungary)
66 kg/145.5 lbs. – Krisztian Jager (Hungary) dec. Milen Georgiev (Bulgaria)
74 kg/163 lbs. – Balint Korpasi (Hungary) dec. Daniel Aleksandrov (Bulgaria)
84 kg/185 lbs. – Viktor Lorincz (Hungary) dec. Stanislav Kanev (Bulgaria)
96 kg/211.5 lbs. – Daniel Bankov (Bulgaria) dec. Gyorgy Rizmajer (Hungary)
Pool A Results
Russia 7, Bulgaria 0
Korea 5, Belarus 2
Russia 5, Armenia 2
Belarus 5, Bulgaria 2
Russia 7, Korea 0
Armenia 7, Bulgaria 0
Russia 5, Belarus 2
Armenia 5, Korea 2
Korea 5, Bulgaria 2
Armenia 5, Belarus 2
Pool B Results
Iran 4, Turkey 3
Kazakhstan 4, Hungary 3
Turkey 4, Azerbaijan 3
Iran 6, Kazakhstan 1
Turkey 7, Hungary 0
Iran 5, Azerbaijan 2
Turkey 6, Kazakhstan 1
Azerbaijan 7, Hungary 0
Iran 7, Hungary 0
Kazakhstan 5, Azerbaijan 2